CORNELIUS H. Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army,
Company C, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Place
and date: Near Chipo-ri, Korea, 2 June 1951. Entered service at:
Bronx, N.Y. Born: 24 July 1929, East Gulf, W. Va. G.O. No.: 30,
19 March 1952. Citation: Sgt. Charlton, a member of Company C, distinguished
himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond
the call of duty in action against the enemy.
His platoon was attacking heavily defended hostile positions on
commanding ground when the leader was wounded and evacuated. Sgt.
Charlton assumed command, rallied the men, and spearheaded the assault
against the hill. Personally eliminating 2 hostile positions and
killing 6 of the enemy with his rifle fire and grenades, he continued
up the slope until the unit suffered heavy casualties and became
pinned down. Regrouping the men he led them forward only to be again
hurled back by a shower of grenades.
Despite a severe chest wound, Sgt. Charlton refused medical attention
and led a third daring charge which carried to the crest of the
ridge. Observing that the remaining emplacement which had retarded
the advance was situated on the reverse slope, he charged it alone,
was again hit by a grenade but raked the position with a devastating
fire which eliminated it and routed the defenders. The wounds received
during his daring exploits resulted in his death but his indomitable
courage, superb leadership, and gallant self-sacrifice reflect the
highest credit upon himself the infantry, and the military service.
WILLIAM. Rank and organization:
Private First Class, U.S. Army, 24th Company M, 24th Infantry Regiment,
25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Haman, Korea, 6 August
1950. Entered service at: Bronx, N.Y. Birth: New York, N.Y. G.O.
No.: 63, 2 August 1951. Citation: Pfc. Thompson, distinguished himself
by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call
of duty in action against the enemy.
While his platoon was reorganizing under cover of darkness, fanatical
enemy forces in overwhelming strength launched a surprise attack
on the unit. Pfc. Thompson set up his machinegun in the path of
the onslaught and swept the enemy with withering fire, pinning them
down momentarily thus permitting the remainder of his platoon to
withdraw to a more tenable position.
Although hit repeatedly by grenade fragments and small-arms fire,
he resisted all efforts of his comrades to induce him to withdraw,
steadfastly remained at his machinegun and continued to deliver
deadly, accurate fire until mortally wounded by an enemy grenade.
Pfc. Thompson's dauntless courage and gallant self-sacrifice reflect
the highest credit on himself and uphold the esteemed traditions
of military service.